Beams and bolts of a bridge

spread shadows like chestnut trees

onto the stark Riverside Diner.


A brown river flowing smooth

like chocolate swirling in cups

rumbles deep to the ocean.


Men with hats, herringbone coats

and leather gloves find comfort

on wooden seats; rugged and sure.


Cigarette smoke crawls freely

from the lips of the cook

whose hands satisfy hunger.


A tug boat whistle

shrieks sharply cutting the air,

alerting the men to quickly

finish their meals.






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